is there any chance?
The Rockets return to Toyota Center Monday when they play host to the Los Angeles Clippers. L.A. (38-26) heads to Houston following a 99-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers behind 24 points and 10 rebounds from Elton Brand on Friday. The Rockets host the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night.
Monday will be the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season. Houston has faired well against the Clippers, winning two of three contests. The Rockets have now taken 11 of their last 12 games against the Clippers.
In the last meeting in Houston, Tracy McGrady (26), Yao Ming (29) and David Wesley (21) combined to score 76 of Houston’s 106 points in a 106-102 Rockets victory. The Rockets needed every one of those points as they didn’t exactly hold the Clippers in check offensively.
L.A. was led on Feb.22 at Toyota Center by Elton Brand and former Rocket, Cuttino Mobley. Brand scored a game-high 32 points, while pulling 12 rebounds. Mobley poured in 30 points, in large part due to a 5-7 performance from behind the arc. Brand (24.3 ppg) and Mobley (23.7 ppg) are fourth and fifth, respectively in scoring against the Rockets this season for players who have matched-up with Houston at least three times.
Recent history will be on the Rockets side when they take the floor Monday. Houston has defeated the Clippers six straight times at home and has never lost (5-0) against L.A. at Toyota Center.
However, McGrady and Wesley will be sidelined Monday and the Clippers will have Corey Maggette back in the lineup. Maggette missed the last two tilts with the Rockets, but returned to the Clippers lineup a few games after the last time these two teams met. While he hasn’t claimed his spot back in the starting lineup, his 17.9 ppg and five rebounds a contest will certainly be a factor Monday.
We beat them twice, and maybe, just maybe we can beat them today. As for the season, your sig says it all.CrackerJack said:is there any chance?
i think david bailey could be a good addition to this back-court and shawn redhage would probably be our inside man if yao were to go downHakeem said:If Yao went down right now, I'd take the Perth Wildcats over the Rockets in a seven-game series.
The Yao-less Rockets shot 39% against the Spurs. I think it's more important that they make a three-pointer. Preferably several of them, too.The key to this game is if their teamates can shot 40%.
You still have a chance if you lose this one, it just makes an error all that more costly.eaglewu said:This is a must win for rockets going to play off. If we lost this one, I am sure rockets can't make play off.
Hell, at this point I would take the Perth Lynx over the Rox...that's the women's professional league team, that has only one maybe two games in three years.Hakeem said:If Yao went down right now, I'd take the Perth Wildcats over the Rockets in a seven-game series.